Dimensional 'Weight' Explained

Dimensional weight, or dim weight, has always been around for the air shipping industry. In 2007, ground carriers began charging for dim weight to protect themselves from the cost of transporting lightweight, but bulky packages. The term dimensional “weight” is somewhat of a misnomer. The volume or “dimension” is what’s actually being measured, but this is converted to into a theoretical weight – what the package could be expected to weigh given how much space it takes up. More...

Amazon Prime Pantry: A Great Example of Kitting

Earlier this year, Amazon launched a new program for its Prime members called “Prime Pantry.” The service is like a custom kitting process. Customers are allowed to order as many grocery items that will fit in a 4-cubic-foot box that holds up to 45 lbs. As customers add items to their cart, they are told what percentage of the box is filled. When the order is complete, the box ships for a flat rate of $5.99 (regardless of how full it is). More...

Easy Ways to Save on Fulfillment Costs

Order fulfillment has a lot of moving parts that can add up to a major expense if they are not handled with a strategic focus. The key concepts for seamless and cost-effective ecommerce fulfillment are organization and efficiency. With those in mind, here are some simple improvements you can make to your fulfillment process to save on costs. More...

Is a “Try-Before-You-Buy” Program Right for You?

More ecommerce retailers are launching try-before-you-buy programs that work like no-hassle, free of charge returns. When implemented correctly, try-before-you-buy programs have many benefits. They close the gap between ecommerce and brick-and-mortar retail by removing shipping costs and the risk that comes with buying an item sight unseen over the Internet. In other words, they make for a very attractive incentive to shop at your site. However, they are also a source of some extreme challenges in terms of logistics and fulfillment. Is your business able to address the challenges of such a program? In this post, we’ll look at some criteria you should meet before implementing a try-before-you-buy program. More...